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Missouri Government and Statistics: Statutes & Bills

Missouri Law and Legislative Source Guide

General Assembly House and Senate Bills
  1995-present

House and Senate bills in full text with indexes.

Search provides bill text, bill summaries, amendments, fiscal notes, calendars, committee reports and courtesy resolutions.

 

1981-1999

 

MU's Special Collections department holds microfilmed bills from the 81st General Assembly 1st session (1981), through the 90th General Assembly 1st session (1999.) Bill summaries and calendars are in print format under call number GA.Ho11/2. Fiscal notes are under call number GA.Ho11/3.

Indexing available:

  1960-1980

 

House - MU ANNEX J87.M8 D4
Senate - MU ANNEX J87.M8 D28

Indexing available:

  • Printed bill indexes by subject, sponsor and number, 1967-1980, published by Missouri Committee on Legislative Research.
  • Printed bill indexes in the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Service. Click for 1973-1980
  • Check legislative journals. At the back of each volume, or perhaps published separately, there may be an index to bills by subject.
1895-current  State Historical Society of Missouri
General Assembly House and Senate Journals

 

Legislative journals document votes on bills, committee actions, action taken on motions, and governor's addresses to the General Assembly.  Journals are arranged by date. There might be a subject index at the back, or published separately. Historical note: appendixes to early journals (1840s-1953) included annual and biennial reports from selected state agencies.

 

Internet

1996-2018

Journals

 

Microform

1986-1996

83rd-88th General Assembly journals kept in Government Documents

  Print 1842-1985 House Journals - MU ELLIS J 87 .M8
  Print 1838-1985 Senate Journals - MU ELLIS J 87 .M8b
Print & Microform 1805-current State Historical Society of Missouri
Missouri Revised Statutes (title varies)   Link to current web version

 

The single, cumulated source for all Missouri laws in effect as of a given year.  Updated with annual supplements.

 

Online

Current

Missouri Revised Statues

 

Online

2000-2008

Missouri Revised Statutes Search Laws of Missouri database searchable by keyword but does not allow Boolean searching.

 

Print

2000

MU ELLIS REFERENCE    KFM7830 2000 .A252

 

Print 1994, 1986, 1978, 1969 MU ELLIS KFM7830 [date] .A2 
Print 1959, 1949, 1939, 19291919, 1909 MU ELLIS 
(Click on year to get call number)
Print 1899, 1889, 1879, 1870, 1866, 1855, 1845, 1835, 1825 MU ELLIS Special Collections
(Click on year to get call number)
Session Laws of Missouri

 

These annual volumes each contain only the laws passed during individual sessions of the General Assembly.  Laws, referendum bills, vetoed bills, proposed constitutional amendments, and concurrent resolutions are included.  There is a cumulated index to Missouri laws from 1804-1868.

  Print 2000-2010 MU DOCS REFERENCE K .M692

 

Print

1825-up to last 

MU ELLIS K .M692

 

Microprint

1814-1816

MERLIN link

Code of State Regulations Full text for current edition * MERLIN

 

Arranged by "titles" corresponding to state agencies, the code compiles rules and regulations for operations of the state government.   The Code is updated twice monthly by the Missouri Register.

 

Governor's Executive Orders Full text for 1984-present

 

 

Orders are arranged by year then numerically. 

  Print 1921-1986 (incomplete) MU ELLIS     JK5430 .A33
Missouri Constitution link to web version

 

 

Missouri has operated under four constitutions: 1820, 1865, 1875 and 1945.  It is continually revised and amended.  Find past versions printed  in editions of the Missouri Revised Statutes.

Missouri Roster Full text for current edition* MERLIN
  This source is useful for its contact information for state and county officials and departmental divisions.  Like the Blue Book (Official Manual), it also describes departments, shows election results, and provides town statistics.   
Voting Records

 

Voting records for U.S. senators and representatives from Missouri are readily available through Project Vote-Smart.   You can use this website to find a legislator's voting record by subject.

Unfortunately, voting records for legislators in the Missouri state House and Senate are not arranged either by legislator or by subject in the Missouri legislative journals.  Rather, the journals are arranged chronologically.  To see how a legislator voted, first you must identify a bill that interests you. Next, determine the date that the bill came to a vote. Finally, locate that date in the legislative journals and browse until you find the roll call vote.

Missouri House and Senate Bills and Resolutions

Note: You may wish to review How a bill becomes a law (Source: Missouri State Senate.)

Where to Find Text of Bills and Resolutions

1995-2018

 

See House and Senate bills in full text with keyword searchability on the Missouri government website. Bill summaries, amendments, fiscal notes, calendars, committee reports and resolutions are also included.

House and Senate Joint Bill Tracking
Basic searching by keyword, bill number, sponsor, or co-sponsor. Advanced search includes in-depth search of basic plus bill text, bills summaries, amendments, fiscal notes, revised statutes, committee reports, LR number, courtesy resolutions, and General Assembly member data pages. Boolean expressions allowed in "Search Type" drop-down menu.

Bill topic indexes:

1981-1999

 

Ellis Library's Special Collections department holds microfilmed bills {C} dating back to the 81st General Assembly's 1st session (1981). Bill summaries and calendars are in print format under call number GA.Ho11/2. Fiscal notes for bills are under call number GA.Ho11/3.

Indexes available:

  • Bill index compiled by the Missouri Committee on Legislative Research.
    Dates: 1967-2004
  • Bill index compiled by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce Legislative Report Service. Dates: 1973-1988 or 1989-1992 or 1993-1999.
  • Bill index compiled by the Missouri House of Representatives.
    Subject index for only the bills which passed, 1981-2007
  • Bill index compiled by the Missouri Office of State Courts.
    Summaries of selected bills which passed, 1982-2004
  • Try checking legislative journals for the Missouri House and Senate. At the back of each volume, or perhaps published separately, there may be an index to bills by subject.
1960-1980

 

House - MU DEPOSITORY J87.M8 D4
Senate - MU DEPOSITORY J87.M8 D28

Indexes available:

  • Bill index compiled by the Missouri Committee on Legislative Research.
    Dates: 1967-2004
  • Bill index compiled by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. Dates: 1973-1988
  • Try checking legislative journals. At the back of each volume, or perhaps published separately, there may be an index to bills by subject.

 

1895-current
 

State Historical Society of Missouri

Indexes available:

  • The Missouri General Assembly 46th to 61st Session, 1911-1941
    • Part I: Catalog of members in both houses of the legislature with bills sponsored or introduced by each member
    • Part II: Classified subject index of bills introduced in all sessions of the general assembly from the 46th to the 61st, inclusive

 

Bills "Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed" by the Legislature.

After a bill is "Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed," it is sent to the governor for a signature or veto. The link list below leads to bills which were passed by the legislature and sent to the governor.

Bills "Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed" by the legislature are available online back to 1995. Before that date, use printed publications in the library to find lists of bills.

  • 2011-2018 can be found in the Missouri House of Representatives Past Session Archive
  • 2010 (95th General Assembly, 2nd Regular & 1st Extraordinary Session) PDF Summary
  • 2009 (95th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session) PDF Summary
  • 2008 (94th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session) PDF Summary
  • 2007 (94th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session) PDF Summary
  • 2006 (93rd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session) PDF Summary
  • 2005 (93rd General Assembly, 1st Regular Session) PDF Summary
  • 2004 (92nd General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session) PDF Summary
  • 2003 (92nd General Assembly, 2nd Extraordinary Session)
  • 2003 (92nd General Assembly, 1st Extraordinary Session)
  • 2003 (92nd General Assembly, 1st Regular Session) PDF Summary
  • 2002 (91st General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session) PDF Summary
  • 2001 (91st General Assembly, 1st Extraordinary Session)
  • 2001 (91st General Assembly, 1st Regular Session)
  • 2000 (90th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session)
  • 1999 (90th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session)
  • 1998 (89th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session)
  • 1997 (89th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session)
  • 1996 (88th General Assembly, 2nd Regular Session)
  • 1995 (88th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session)

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Library catalog (MERLIN) records for printed publications listing bills which passed the Missouri legislature and were sent to the governor for signature or veto:

  • 1993-1998 (87th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session through the 90th, 1st.)
    Missouri Legislative Service volumes.
  • 1989-1992 (77th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session through 84th, ___)
    Special Legislative Report Service volumes. Look for section showing bill signings and vetoes.
  • 1973-1988 (85th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session through the 86th, 2nd.)
    Special Legislative Report Service volumes. See thumb-tab labeled "Bill signings" (includes vetoes)
  • 1981-1983 Indexes compiled by the MO General Assembly's Committee on Legislative Research.
  • Check with a librarian if you need bills "Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed" before 1973.

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